Ouarkziz Impact Crater in northwestern Algeria

The Ouarkziz Impact Crater was formed by a meteor impact less than 70 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era, or “Age of Dinosaurs.” Is located in northwestern Algeria, close to the border with Morocco.

Originally called Tindouf, the 3.5-kilometer wide crater (image center) has been heavily eroded since its formation; however, its circular morphology is highlighted by exposures of older sedimentary rock layers that form roughly northwest to southeast-trending ridgelines.



Ouarkziz Impact Crater in northwestern Algeria

From the vantage point of an astronaut on the International Space Station, the impact crater is clearly visible with a magnifying camera lens.

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